Festuca gautieri - Bearskin Fescue
aka Festuca scoparia
The pincushion-like foliage of this fescue looks right
at home in the rock garden as well as with larger alpine
plants. For best results grow F. gautieri away
from overhanging plants and brush any leaves and needles
off during the winter.
As you can see in the picture, it looks particularly nice
snuggled up against large rocks.
Bearskin fescue, with its dark evergreen mounds makes an unusual textured
Festuca gautieri likes gravelly soil in rock gardens and alpine troughs.
Suitable for bonsai.
Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage is green; densely tufted, needle-like and stiff; 5-15 cm (2-6")
Flowers in June; 15-30 cm (6-12") tall
Ideal conditions: full sun or part shade; well-drained
soil; drought and heat tolerant.
Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone;
further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: year-round in warmer climates
Partner with: Sedums, Iris reticulata, Dwarf conifers,
Recommended plant spacing: 15-30 cm (6-12") why
such a difference?
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once
every month); further info
Native to: the Pyrennes in Europe
Pronounciation: Festuca (fes-TOO-kah) gautieri (gow-tee-ERR-ee)
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